Two Stories: the Book

Hey folks I have some strange feelings about this post, perhaps stranger than any before. After a lot of encouragement (my mom, of course, but others), I finally compiled the blog posts into a book. I finished the writing back in November, 2017, and then my friendly design/marketing friend took over to complete the project….

Seeing Red

Greetings folks. First, thank you for all of the kind words and encouragement following my previous post. I realized that I forgot to add anything about my trip to Nashville to see the oncologist yesterday. The good news is that I had a nice visit with her, and she reiterated that the best course of…

The Candle and the Digestive System

Grief is a strange thing. It obviously ranges in power, but it nonetheless can consume our subconscious thoughts. I can sense a bit of grief since I saw the doctor Thursday to follow up from the surgery. While Kim and I both assumed that the mass that was removed from my small intestine during the…

Happy Daze

Greetings friends and family, It is Saturday morning, and I’m enjoying coffee and a fire with the family. Well, the relaxing time was briefly interrupted by our need to rescue my 17-year old daughter, Joy, who ran out of gas on the way to work this morning, but I digress. I want to provide a…

Vesuvius Is No More. Introducing Fuji.

Greetings friends and family. I write to you from my hospital bed at Piedmont Athens Regional. I refrained from updating you on Monday afternoon, deciding, perhaps to your disappointment, not to write while still under the influence of anesthesia. Now it is just the Percocet pills, but that isn’t nearly as strong as a shot…

Wine But No Bread

For those of you who remember The Far Side, by Gary Larson, you’ll probably recall the comic featured above. It is one of my favorites. It also came to mind as I wondered how best to write this post. You see, the morning of Thursday, Jan 18th, the day after my previous post where I proclaimed,…

Happy snow day

Howdy friends. If you live in the South, you’re probably enjoying the ramifications of the 1-3″ of snow that sheeted our region this week. We just learned that the kids are out of school again, and so they’re planning play dates and a potential trip to the movie theater. Obviously, staying safe is critical at…

Health Update – 01/05/18

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope each of you had a restful, joyful time with friends and family. We certainly did, though there were a few memorable incidents. In my previous post on 12/19/17, Time Stand Still, I described the issues that I’ve had with the last few treatments, where I have contracted a fever, chills,…

Time stand still

Greetings folks. I hope you all are ready, or at least nearly ready, for Christmas and can look forward to a small break. I’ve just returned from Nashville for treatment, and I’m resting (and working). Strangely, the last few rounds of immunotherapy have had an adverse affect on me such that I’ve developed severe chills…

Sand

Around 20 years ago, before kids, I almost drowned in a rip current off the Gulf coast. I don’t remember exactly where we were, it may have been Inlet or Grayton beach in Florida, but it was during one of our many couples’ vacations with my high school friends. It was in the morning, and…

Strength in Weakness

Periodically, our church invites members to speak to the congregation about their experiences living by faith, in a segment we call “Living Church.”  I last spoke about 4 years ago, not long after I had completed the first round of chemotherapy. Recently, Pastor Jared asked me to speak again, this time about “weakness and faith,”…

The 100th sheep

My mother lives in a beautiful house atop a hill in Dekalb County, a turkey’s flight away from where I grew up (turkeys don’t fly very far). Thanks to some enterprising folks back in the 1930s and 40s who propagated it around the South to prevent soil erosion, kudzu has taken over these hills, choking…